Posts Tagged ‘art appreciation’

Free Art and Design Lessons

May 18th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, May 18, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artyfactory

(artyfactory.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website includes step-by-step, how-to art lessons. It also offers art appreciation tutorials on topics like “Still Life” or “Animals in Art” or broader “Art Movements.”

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • Art Lessons
  • Art Appreciation
  • Design Lessons

Little ones can’t interact with Artyfactory on their own. The content and writing are at an advanced level. (In fact, it is suspect most of the content doubles as MacTaggart’s college course material.) But there’s tremendous potential here for a creative homeschooler as follows: 

  • Use it directly as reading or coursework for a high school student.
  • Adapt the lessons for younger pupils. The “Pencil Shading” exercises, for example, found under “Pencil Portraits” in the Art Lessons section, would be a fun challenge. The “How to Draw Animals” lessons might work with a talented middle school student, too, but these are no Ed Emberley thumbprints: they require a good eye and a controlled hand.
  • Fill in holes in your own knowledge. After spending some time on this site you’ll be able to introduce your children to Expressionism paintings and more next time you visit a museum.

There’s a wealth of information here: color theory (both technical stuff like the color wheel and the emotional impact of colors in painting), a thorough overview of African masks and Egyptian hieroglyphs, shading techniques in pen and ink, etc.

NOTE: As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW the site to determine suitability of content for your own children.

Literacy Through Greek Mythology

September 26th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, September 26, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mythweb

(www.mythweb.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers many free resources to help students learn about Greek mythology!

Learn about the gods, creatures, and heroes from ancient Greece that equip kids to understand vocabulary and references in literature, poetry, the newspaper, blogs, and all forms of communication and entertainment. Consider these basic examples provided at the website: 

  • In tribute to Hercules and his Labors, a huge or heroic task is said to be Herculean.
  • The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary king of Phrygia.
  • A book of maps gets its name from Atlas, the Titan who supported the heavens on his shoulders.

You’ll find many more examples in the “Teachers” section of the website that you can access from the home/landing page. It also includes free suggestions for mythology-themed activities and lesson plans designed to build skills in creative writing, vocabulary development, and art appreciation.

When you get to the site you’ll see a main menu that includes: 

  • Gods – Learn about 12 deities that dwelt on Mount Olympus through engaging text and colorful graphics.
  • Heroes – Read the comic-book-style biographies of Jason, Hercules, Bellerophon, Theseus, Odysseus and Perseus – in English or Latin!
  • Today – Find out how the Greek myths are relevant today.
  • Encyclopedia – Get definitions and descriptions of various characters, places, and events in Greek mythology.

You’ll also find links to other websites with more in-depth information about Greek mythology.

This website is actually a commercial site that offers a CD-ROM of a Greek Mythology game for sale. However, that is one small aspect of this mostly free educational site.

World Myths & Legends in Art

May 13th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, May 13, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

World Myths & Legends in Art

(archive.artsmia.org/world-myths/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the mythology surrounding 26 works of art with this website from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Dig into your studies by selecting either “Art by Culture” or “Art by Theme.” Cultures include: 

  • African
  • Euro-American
  • Chinese
  • Ancient Egyptian
  • Western European
  • Ancient Greek and Roman
  • Japanese
  • Native American
  • Oceanic

Themes cover: 

  • Creation Myths
  • Myths explaining a practice
  • God Myths
  • Hero Myths
  • Myths with animal or beast characters

Once you have decided the direction you wish to take for your studies, you will be presented with various related artworks. Select the option you want to view the artwork, learn key ideas, read the story behind the piece, discover the background behind the piece, and answer discussion questions.

Vocabulary words in capital letters are scattered throughout that when clicked on provide pop-up window with definitions. Reveal the answers to discussion questions by clicking on the underlined, highlighted section.

Teachers will want to review the “How to use this site” link and the entire curriculum can be downloaded to use away from the computer by selecting the “Downloadable Curriculum” link.

Not only will this website be a great addition to your art appreciation class, but will provide a nice supplement to your world history studies.

Free Art Appreciation Lessons

June 4th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, June 4, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art Access

(www.artic.edu/aic/collections/exhibitions/ArtAccess)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Develop an understanding of content, style, and historical context of art with this website from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Select from the following to begin your exploration: 

  • African American Art
  • African Art
  • American Art to 1900
  • Chinese Art
  • Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art
  • Indian Art of the Americas
  • Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • Rococo to Realist Art

Each exhibition page begins with an overview of the art type. Use the links of the side bar to dig deeper into the study by selecting from: 

  • Artworks – examples and information about pieces of art fitting the type
  • Lesson Plans – to strengthen the student’s understanding of the pieces studied
  • Family Activities – related art projects and activities to do with easy to follow instructions and common supplies
  • Books and Media – suggested books and websites for further studies
  • Map – interactive map showing the original location of the art piece
  • Glossary – terms used in the study
  • View All Works – a pictorial index of the pieces studied in the art type

Bookmark this website because it is a fabulous resource for all of your art appreciation studies.

Free Language Arts “Audio School”

February 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, February 3, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

My Audio School

(www.myaudioschool.com/?page_id=4571)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website, founded by a homeschool parent, offers educational audio content such as classic books, old-time radio theater, historical radio and television broadcasts, and video clips on a variety of school subjects such as Ancient History, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the American Revolution, etc.

While 80% of the content is available for an annual fee of $14.99, 20% of the content is “unblocked” and available absolutely FREE, which is why we’re featuring it on ClickSchooling. Much of the free content focuses on Language Arts.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to see a menu of the free titles that include: 

  • A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty
  • Lord Byron, Selected Poems
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle
  • Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
  • In Flanders Field by John McCrae

You’ll also find more free poetry selections, a variety of art appreciation videos, videos that teach kids about bird watching, and even John F. Kennedy’s Moon Speech.

Most of the titles also come with links to curriculum (available for sale on CurrClick.com), as a way to enhance learning.

Again, you don’t need to purchase a thing to access the free or “unblocked” titles.

Literacy Through Greek Mythology

September 4th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, July 29, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Mythweb

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers many free resources to help students learn about Greek mythology!
Learn about the gods, creatures, and heroes from ancient Greece that equip kids to understand vocabulary and references in literature, poetry, the newspaper, blogs, and all forms of communication and entertainment. Consider these basic examples provided at the website: 
  • In tribute to Hercules and his Labors, a huge or heroic task is said to Herculean.
  • The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary king of Phrygia.
  • A book of maps gets its name from Atlas, the Titan who supported the heavens on his shoulders.
You’ll find many more examples in the “Teachers” section of the website that you can access from the home/landing page. It also includes free suggestions for mythology-themed activities and lesson plans designed to build skills in creative writing, vocabulary development, and art appreciation, along with two free downloadable ebooks titled, “The Heroic Myths” and “The Illustrated Odyssey.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a main menu that includes: 

  • Gods – Learn about 12 deities that dwelt on Mount Olympus through engaging text and colorful graphics.
  • Heroes – Read the comic-book-style biographies of Jason, Hercules, Bellerophon, Theseus, Odysseus and Perseus – in English or Latin! Print them out to read offline too!
  • Today – Find out how the Greek myths are relevant today.
  • Encyclopedia – Get definitions and descriptions of various characters, places, and events in Greek mythology.
You’ll also find links to other websites with more in-depth information about Greek mythology.

This website is actually a commercial site that offers a CD-ROM of a Greek Mythology game for sale. However, that is one small aspect of this mostly free educational site.

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